Facebook Removes GOP Texas Attorney General’s New Campaign Ad

Again showing how easy it is to have conservatives blocked or removed from Facebook, the new video campaign ad for Dan Branch, the Republican candidate for Texas Attorney General, was removed from the social media giant for “community standards” violations.

The ad, a fairly standard campaign ad, was removed and the candidate’s page blocked likely because Branch’s opponents flagged the Facebook posting.

The theme of the ad is “Come And Take It!,” and is filled with images of flags, pledges, hand holding, people in prayer, and talk of limited government, traditional marriage, and pro-life issues. It’s all pretty standard fare, especially for a Texas Republican.

Through emails, the campaign said that it wasn’t ready to make a full statement and is waiting to hear from Facebook as to why the ad was removed and the account frozen.

However, campaign manager Enrique Marquez said the campaign believes the video was blocked because State Representative Branch vowed to fight for the “right to define a marriage as between one man and one woman.”

“[We] suspect that…someone considered it hate speech and it was brought down…all signs point to that and Facebook isn’t giving us any answers,” Marquez said

Facebook has repeatedly had this problem with conservative pages and posts.

To mention just a few of the latest incidents, in February Facebook blocked the account of Tea Party Moms, in May Facebook blocked a posting from the conservative rock band Madison Rising, and early in July Facebook blocked Fox News Radio’s Todd Starnes after he posted a quip about being “politically incorrect.”

All this was a result of a large number of liberals claiming that the conservative postings on Facebook were somehow offensive. This abuse of the reporting function is all too common and it is something Facebook has yet to address.

Still, Facebook has no problems with pages such as “Kill Zimmerman” and pages that host vile attacks against such conservatives as Sarah Palin.

By Friday, Facebook had reinstated the ad and given bak control of the page to the Branch campaign.

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Posted by on August 3, 2013.
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's BigGovernment.com and BigJournalism.com, RightWingNews.com, CanadaFreePress.com, RightPundits.com, StoptheACLU.com, Human Events Magazine, among many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs to discuss his opinion editorials and current events.He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the new book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on amazon.com. He is also the owner and operator of PubliusForum.com. Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions, EMAIL Warner Todd Huston: igcolonel .at. hotmail.com"The only end of writing is to enable the reader better to enjoy life, or better to endure it." --Samuel Johnson

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  • LiberalNightmare

    Ironically, democrats generally have issues with free speech and the other trappings of … democracy

  • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

    “Free speech for me, but not for thee.”

    Heaven forbid a liberal tolerating being exposed to something they disagree with

    Crazy damn world, any more, isn’t it?

  • jim_m

    Time for someone to file a lawsuit against Facebook for in-kind campaign contributions to the democrats and violation of Federal election laws for not reporting these contributions. While as a private service they have the right to deny access they do not have the right to flaunt campaign finance laws. Cutting off conservative messaging and fostering leftist messages is a form of campaign support. They have broken the laws and they ought to suffer the consequences.

  • JWH

    It seems kind of banal to me, honestly. I always liked the Jesse Ventura gubernatorial ads.

    • Paul Hooson

      Not everyone knows it, but Jesse Ventura was a former member of The Mongols MC, which was a largely Hispanic MC. The Mongols MC and the Hells Angels MC have been having a long documented dispute.

      • jim_m

        Not everyone knows it and fewer people care.

        • Paul Hooson

          Well, it’s an interesting fact, because he became the first member of a so-called “1%” motorcycle club to hold a high public office. There’s been doctors, lawyers and others associated with some “1%” clubs, but this was the first governor. – I think most people thought he did a pretty good job as governor.- It’s interesting political trivia.

          • jim_m

            - I think most people thought he did a pretty good job as governor.- It’s interesting political trivia.

            I’m willing to bet no on both counts and especially no for those living in MN on the first one. Even Ventura’s own spokesman admitted in a 1999 interview that what support he retained in MN was due to the ignorance of the voters to his actual views.

          • Paul Hooson

            Well, I never expected a great deal from a professional wrestler turned politician. But, he turned about as good as any other governor for the most part. That was about as good as to expected. The voters did send a message to the politicians of not liking both the Republican and Democrat candidates that year, when independent candidate Ventura won the election. That’s democracy, for good or bad.

          • Par4Course

            I started out liking Jesse but later got turned off by some of his goofy positions. I think most Minnesotans were glad to see him go when he finally left office. On the other hand, I’m from Illinois, where the governors generally end up in jail, do everything they can to bankrupt the state, or both. Not exactly, in George Washington’s words, “a standard to which the wise and honest can repair.”

          • jim_m

            Try to look at it in a positive light. Illinois, unlike other lazier states, actually puts its former governors in prison where they belong. Illinois is only doing what other states ought to.

  • Plinytherecent

    At what point to these unwarranted ‘takedowns’ become ‘in-kind’ contributions to leftist candidates?

    • jim_m

      At the instant they happen.

  • jim_m

    Let’s face it. The left is realizing that they have lost the old media, not in the sense that the old media is going conservative but in the sense that the old media has become nearly irrelevant. The NYT just sold the Boston Globe, a property for which it paid $1.1B in 1993, for a mere $70M (a staggering 97.3% loss!).

    The value of these old media outlets is fading fast because people simply look elsewhere for information. They look elsewhere because they know that they cannot trust these outlets for the truth about virtually anything relevant to their lives. Once Facebook develops its own reputation for leftist suppression of thought we will see its value take the same arc as The Globe.

    What is surprising is that Facebook has not been named as submitting names to the IRS for investigation.

  • Paul Hooson

    Facebook is a heck of a thing. There’s so many ways to get banned from it at random. Some folks simply were born with a name that sounds the same as some celebrity and removed. Courtney Stodden got removed for posting pictures of herself wearing a bikini swimsuit- no nudity! It apears if you post a bikini photo on the beach it’s fine- but, if you wear that bikini indoors, then Facebook views that as sexual content and a policy violation. On the other hand, I’ve seen some terrible racist stuff on Facebook or some stuff that borders on near threats or violence, that the owners of Facebook ignore. – It might just depend on any complaints brought to Facebook whether someone gets banned or not. – I was actually researching a possible feature yesterday for Wizbang Pop before this story written by Warner here on how some folks have managed to get themselves banned from the site. – Some ways are pretty obvious, like when some young women started posting nudes of themselves or young couples took pictures of themselves having sex. Other times, it seems like subtle things result in a ban. It’s a flip of the dice I guess.

    • jim_m

      Yes and all these “random” ways of getting banned are pretty much ignored if you are a connected lefty or if you are posting a left wing political message. And while many of the ways relate to offensive messages or pictures an alarming number are related to rather plain conservative political messages. Not so random really.

      • Paul Hooson

        No, I think most Facebook bans are actually complaint-centered. Facebook looks at the page, and if it violates their broad policies in some way, then you get banned. That seems like some sort of “victim complex” to assume that any single political philosophy gets automatically banned from Facebook, Jim. Probably 90%+ of Facebook bans are for something sexual in nature.

        I have one friend who is ultraconservative that runs a Facebook page, and he’s had no problems, even though some of the material he’s run seem extremely racist to me, and not in the comic racist way in which I sometimes joke like my housefire jokes with some racial stereotype punchline such as in the caption contest Kevin runs here each week. My best guess is that my friend gets banned if someone complains about his Facebook page, or if someone doesn’t he stays on forever.- I keep my own Facebook page real toned down. Military history, automobile and motorcycle trivia, etc. Even my humor is like “Paul Light” – You can’t do much edge on Facebook. It’s free, but it’s very controlled. – Buying your own Webpage isn’t that much money, and you have total freedom to do what you want beyond any obvious illegal activity that violates local or federal laws.

        My best guess is that either the political opponent or a supporter of that opponent objected to something that Texas candidate posted on Facebook, and instead of filing an election complaint with the Secretary Of State of Texas, went to Facebook instead. Facebook is okay if you tightly control what’s posted on the site, otherwise it’s real likely to get banned for something if things get out of hand. You can’t expect much for free these days. You’re much better off to buy a Website for the $20 a month, especially if you’re a candidate for public office.

        • jim_m

          I have no doubt that they will be able to produce some BS complaints from lefty whiners in order to back up a claim of faux neutrality. I can also guarantee you that they receive just as many if not more complaints about lefty political messages on Facebook, especially the many death threat pages against Zimmerman. But Facebook seems content to ignore those complaints.

          The issue is not whether they receive complaints but which ones they choose to act upon.

          • Paul Hooson

            Well, if the guy’s the attorney general, which should mean that he’s a lawyer, and he can’t figure out ways to legally stay on Facebook, then I suppose he can’t be helped much. If lawyers get banned from Facebook, then things are hopeless with the site’s absurd rules.

            I’m no fan of Facebook’s rules. I think they hamper free speech as well as everyone here thinks they do. We’re on the same page on that point.

  • Par4Course

    Pretty much a run-of-the-mill political ad – nothing particularly good or bad in it. If Facebook bans that ad, maybe Baskin- Robbins ought to ban vanilla ice cream.

  • Paul Hooson

    Actually Dan Branch’s Facebook page appears to be up and running just fine. But, the banned ad does seem like demogoguery to appeal to some voters who opposed the Supreme Court’s decision regarding two Gay marriage issues. A candidate for Attorney General lets it be known that he intends to put his thumb in the nose of settled law, that he won’t abide by settled law, because he personally disagrees with settled law. – So is he sincere here or just playing politics? – Just playing politics is my strong opinion. Just another lying sack of shit politician who tells people anything and everything just to get elected. Who are the other candidates running? Are they any better than this guy?

    • jim_m

      Demagoguery? If that is demagoguery then there is absolutely no way anyone could stand for any position that you disagree with without it being demagoguery.

      Please explain how it is demagoguery to express a desire for limited power of government? Isn’t demagoguery the use of emotional appeals to invalidate reasoned policy and to expand power? Nothing in this video smacks of demagoguery. A demagogue is one that deliberately stirs up the emotion in his audience to stop them from thinking about policy. This video does not do that.

      My guess is that you do not believe that anyone could sincerely hold the positions that he does (You probably reflexively dislike anyone who thinks this country can be great or who says they love our country). I also think that you are reflexively dismissing as a demagogue anyone who has different views and expresses them publicly.

      • Paul Hooson

        As attorney general is Branch going to honestly attempt to enforce unenforceable laws that the Supreme Court has already decided in two decisions? – I’m sure that Jesus himself told Branch that he sure wants him to promote discrimination and second class citizenship to those in the Gay community. – Branch needs to realize that this isn’t the old civil war days and move beyond the 1860′s. He did everything in his ad but endorse slavery and the old confederacy. – At least half intelligent people who want to live in 2013 and not 1860 can see what this guy is made of in his ad. It should make civil libertarians as well as all minority voters very wary. – I’ve been a registered Republican at some times myself, but I wouldn’t vote for this guy. He wants to control law to abuse the law to impose his own values of discrimination and social retardation on others. He’s dangerous. – Everyone pays taxes equally to government. They all should receive equal treatment from that same government.

      • Paul Hooson

        As attorney general is Branch going to honestly attempt to enforce unenforceable laws that the Supreme Court has already decided in two decisions? – I’m sure that Jesus himself told Branch that he sure wants him to promote discrimination and second class citizenship to those in the Gay community. – Branch needs to realize that this isn’t the old civil war days and move beyond the 1860′s. He did everything in his ad but endorse slavery and the old confederacy. – At least half intelligent people who want to live in 2013 and not 1860 can see what this guy is made of in his ad. It should make civil libertarians as well as all minority voters very wary. – I’ve been a registered Republican at some times myself, but I wouldn’t vote for this guy. He wants to control law to abuse the law to impose his own values of discrimination and social retardation on others. He’s dangerous. – Everyone pays taxes equally to government. They all should receive equal treatment from that same government.

        • jim_m

          Denying special rights is hardly promoting second class citizenship. And forgive me for not shedding tears for the gay community since they have significantly higher average incomes when compared to the rest of the nation.

          As for your bigoted comment about Branch hearing directly from God, it should perhaps occur to you that some peoplle believe in God and have genuine convictions about moral behavior. Christians are not fools but as a former atheist myself I can testify that there are a lot more narrow minded, bigoted, ignorant atheists than there are Christians.

          Fuck you that advocating traditional values is like advocating slavery. WTF? It would do you good to remind you that it was the dems that advocated and fought a war to preserve slavery, it was the dems who fought against civil rights, it was the dems who fought against voting rights, it was the dems who fought against desegregation. If anyone has fought to keep blacks down it has been your side douchebag.

          And when you start talking about equal rights remember that Christians have these rights too dumbass, and that extends to expressing their beliefs in public even though intolerant jackasses like yourself get all offended.

  • http://www.traveLightgame.com/ ljcarolyne

    I’ve NEVER gotten on Facebook – it’s a racket to snoop into your beliefs WHICH ARE NOT WRONG, but beliefs that this Regime is trying to take from the believers in the one true God in Christ. They all, including Facebook can take their evil unbelief and shove it. None of us are perfect, but we are perfect in Christ – plus have free speech and power in the name of Jesus Christ. I rebuke this evil Communist Muslim Regime (The Obamanation of Desolation) everyday, every night staying ALERT 24-07. Clare Daly seems to be ‘In The Know’ better than most Americans. http://youtu.be/8SX58vqcEU0

  • Rick Caird

    My experience is that Facebook has some automated system where, if someone flags something, Facebook takes it down with no review at all. Facebook gives you a place to request a review, but no one seems to monitor that address. It will take a lawsuit to force Facebook to adhere to its own standards and improve their practices.

    At this point, any little leftist can force anything to be taken down. I advocate that everybody go to the leftist sites and start randomly flagging posts. Then, maybe, Facebook will take their problem seriously.

  • Cascadian Rainbow

    The american right wing is a transparent shallow farce.
    Self righteous pompous asses.
    Go f yourselves. BTW I am a non political Canadian.
    I just know evil when I see it.